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Taking home-brewed beers to the next level — making Banging Gavel Brews a craft brewery for the Local Chicago Craft Beer Enthusiast.
Taking home-brewed beers to the next level — making Banging Gavel Brews a craft brewery for the Local Chicago Craft Beer Enthusiast.
74 backers pledged $30,205 to help bring this project to life.

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Brief History

The Richert brothers, Jim and Ed, along with brewmasters, Walter Ornelas and Oscar Sanchez, founded Banging Gavel Brews in Chicago, Illinois in 2014. Jim and Ed were in search of a brewery, where they could share their appreciation for micro-brewed craft beers with others. They met Walter and Oscar, and it all fell into place. Their enthusiasm for great tasting beers brought them together and led to the desire to develop their own brews. They brought on board advertising and marketing expert, Beckie O’Connor, to generate the buzz. 

Banging Gavel Brews creates micro-brewed craft beer that serves memorable experiences to those who share Banging Gavel Brews' passion for high quality, great tasting beer.

Banging Gavel Brews Today

As you may expect being a Home Brewer, we're working out of our head brewmaster's home, brewing in his garage and fermenting in the basement. We have a great small batch system that we plan to keep long term for testing and for experimental and limited release batches. 

We've got the team in place to take Banging Gavel Brews to the next level, made up of a verbose lawyer, a meticulous CPA, a creative marketing savant, oh yeah, we have award-winning brewers as well (shameless plug for our 3rd place finish in the 2014 Charlie Orr Memorial Chicago Cup Challenge). 

Where You Come In

With your support, we will kickstart Banging Gavel Brews from a home brewer to a fully Licensed Craft Brewery in a New Home (with a tasting room).   

The Wish list

  • Permanent home (Walter's Garage isn't going to cut it forever)
  • Taproom (Location to create those memorable experiences )
  • Equipment (It's shiny; do we need to explain this more?)
  • Ingredients (Hop-less beer tastes funny)
  • Licensing fees (The Lawyer/co-founder/president says this is important)
  • Distribution (Gotta get it to the People)

This wish list set us up with a defined purpose to create micro-brewed craft beer that serves up memorable experiences to those who share Banging Gavel Brews' passion for high quality, great tasting beer.

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Our Vision is for the Future

Upon completion of this Kickstarter Campaign, the real work begins. We have to build our permanent home set up built out into a brewery and taproom, where people can come by for a taste or host private parties in a fun atmosphere complete with live music. 

Risks and challenges

Upon funding, two challenges will stand in the way of the Banging Gavel Brew Crew from serving up memorable experiences to those who share in their passion for high quality, great tasting beer (1) a Permanent Home and (2) Licensing.

Permanent Home: While counter intuitive, in order to be fully licensed, we actually have to find a permanent home (outside of Walter's garage). Outside of contributing to our kickstarter campaign here is an area you, our wonderful fans, can help us out. We're looking for ideas on where to call home in or around Chicago. Our current search is focused on the City of Chicago and its southwest suburbs (these are the areas where we live).

Licensing: Moving from a home brewer to a licensed craft brewer will take a whole lot of time and money (hence the Kickstarter campaign). Luckily, as the name implies, at Banging Gavel Brews we know a good lawyer that will be handling a lot of this for us (specifically Jim, our co-founder and president).

While we recognize these challenges are real and are not to be taken lightly, we're already working on these and plan to have the first challenge in the works by the time this Kickstarter campaign concludes. You can rest assured we're working hard toward making sure these challenges don't derail our legislative process.

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    REWARD 1: Banging Gavel Brews Sticker & Subscription to Banging Gavel Brew News

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    REWARD 2: Exclusive Banging Gavel Brews Pint Glass, Banging Gavel Brews Coaster, and items from REWARD 1.

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    REWARD 3: Banging Gavel Brews signature T-shirt and items from REWARDS 1 & 2

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    Join the "CLASS ACTION" and have your mug shot immortalized in the mosaic label for Banging Gavel Brews upcoming "CLASS ACTION" Brew. Trial date is tentatively scheduled for late 2014.
    Having your mug shot immortalized will also entitle you to a limited edition signed, numbered poster-sized print of the Class Action brew label. (Joining the class action is a separate reward category and isn't tied to any other rewards)

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    REWARD 4: Repeat Offender Bash - Special invitation to Banging Gavel Brews "Repeat Offender Bash" to be held in early fall in the Chicagoland area (exact location TBD) and items from REWARDS 1, 2 & 3.

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    REWARD 4 Upgraded (w/CLASS ACTION): We have combined our 2 most Popular Rewards CLASS ACTION and Repeat Offender. Have your mug shot immortalized in the mosaic label for Banging Gavel Brews upcoming "CLASS ACTION" Brew. Trial date is tentatively scheduled for late 2014. Having your mug shot immortalized will also entitle you to a limited edition signed, numbered poster-sized print of the Class Action brew label. As well as a special invitation to Banging Gavel Brews "Repeat Offender Bash" to be held in early fall in the Chicagoland area (exact location TBD) and items from REWARDS 1, 2 & 3.

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    REWARD 5: The VIP Brewery Dinner - Exclusive invitation for you and a guest to join the Brew Crew for a private dinner at Brewery before the official public opening. You will also receive 2 of each of REWARDS 1, 2, 3 & 4.

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    REWARD 6: The Brewing Experience - Join and assist the Banging Gavel Brew Masters for a day of brewing, including a break for lunch and quality control testing. You will also receive REWARDS 1, 2, 3 & 4.

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    REWARD 7: Tribes Alehouse & Grill Dinner - Enjoy dinner for 6 people hosted by a member of the Banging Gavel Brew Crew at Tribes Alehouse & Grill in Tinley Park, IL (http://www.tribesalehouse.com/). Dinner will be designed specifically for your exclusive private party by the Chef (Available Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday; specific date to be mutually agreed upon by you, your host Brew Crew Member and Tribes Alehouse). You will also receive 6 of each of REWARDS 1, 2, 3 & 4.

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    REWARD 8: Maple Tree Inn dinner - Enjoy Dinner for 6 people hosted by a member of the Banging Gavel Brew Crew at Maple Tree Inn in Blue Island, IL (http://www.mapletreeinnrestaurant.com/). Dinner will be designed specifically for your exclusive private party by the Chef (Specific date to be mutually agreed upon by you, your host Brew Crew Member and Maple Tree Inn). You will also receive 6 of each of REWARDS 1, 2, 3 & 4.

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    REWARD 9: Join the Team - Have you ever wanted to know what goes into developing a new brew? Join our team as we develop a new brew from naming and the label design process, all the way to assisting the brewmaster as he brews your brew. You will also receive REWARDS 1, 2, 3 & 4.

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    REWARD 10: Brewery Immortality - Help the Brew Crew name one of the next pieces of equipment purchased with the proceeds from our generous kickstarter supporters. Your name will be inscribed directly below the Equipment's name, allowing you to obtain Banging Gavel Brews Immortality. You will also receive REWARDS 1, 2, 3 & 4.

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    REWARD 11: Brewers Trip - A Trip for 4 to your choice of Portland, OR, San Diego, CA or Denver, CO for a weekend tour of the Local Craft Breweries (Includes airfare for 4 (up to $400 each) and 3 night hotel stay (up to $300 a night)). You will also receive 4 of each of REWARDS 1, 2, 3 & 4.

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